GREENVILLE, Pa. — Werner is conducting more than 200 training events in May in support of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) National Safety Stand-Down initiative that kicked off the month.

The safety events are being conducted nationwide and designed to provide more than 17,000 professionals with hands-on fall protection training led by both WernerCo and OSHA representatives.

 Falls from elevations continue to be one of the leading causes of workplace injuries and fatalities. In 2017, falls resulted in 381 total deaths in construction, accounting for 39.2 percent of all construction fatalities that year.

As such, OSHA cites “Fall Protection, Construction” as no. 1 on its list of Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards, with “Fall Protection- Training Requirements” listed at number nine.

 “We’re proud to participate for the fourth year in a row to support OSHA’s safety initiative, helping to raise awareness and education for those professionals working at heights,” said Brian Kagen, senior vice president of marketing and product development. “By leading hands-on fall protection trainings and discussions across the country, we hope to give professionals the tools they need to stay safe on the jobsite.”

During the month of May, the WernerCo End-User-Specialist Team (EUS) will lead more than 200 Safety Stand-Down training events. A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to take a break and focus on job site fall hazards, and reinforce the importance of fall prevention, in an effort to prevent fall fatalities and injuries in construction. These trainings will include ladder inspections, fall protection equipment inspections, harness adjustment trainings, fall protection tripod training sessions and more.

Once the trainings have been completed, participants will receive a certificate of completion from WernerCo that can be shared with their company’s safety director.

For those who are not able to attend one of WernerCo’s training events, check out Werner’s training website to take a free online course, register for a free onsite training or review comprehensive literature and other safety resources.